Austin Police Department

APD seeking help in Craigslist RV sale gone bad

January 10, 2018 - 2:12 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin Police are seeking the public's help in a Craigslist sale of a recreational vehicle gone bad.

Police say the incident dates back to October 28, 2017. The victim saw an ad on Craigslist for an RV for sale; she contacted the suspect, made arrangements to purchase the RV and mailed the suspect a cashier's check. The suspect cashed the cashier's check at a local bank. The victim and suspect arranged to meet so the victim could take ownership of the RV, but the suspect never showed and has cut all contact with the victim.

According to police, the case is being investigated as a state jail felony theft.

Police say you should always remain vigilant when purchasing anything online. Here are some safety tips:

  • Research the seller as much as possible
  • Arrange to meet in person, if possible, in a public place and take a friend with you
  • Be aware when asked to mail a cashier’s check – this is a red flag for a possible scam
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If something doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts

Anyone with information on the suspect in this case is asked to call APD's Region 1 Property Detectives at (512) 974-5320.

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